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Phoenix Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ metro area, life expectancy is 79.9 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Arizona, life expectancy […]

Arizona Managed No Better Than the Average U.S. State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Phoenix

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area, 60.5% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the lowest of any metro area in Arizona. Young Americans are far […]

Poverty Rate in Phoenix Above National Level

An estimated 16.2% of residents in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ metro area live below the poverty line, a larger share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and a smaller share than the state’s poverty rate of 17.4%. Phoenix has the second lowest poverty rate of any Arizona metro area. A high school education can mean […]

Why Students Graduating College in Arizona Have Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Phoenix Commutes No Longer Than Average U.S. City

The average resident of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area spends 26.2 minutes commuting to work, roughly equivalent to the national average of 26.4 minutes and longer than the statewide average of 25.1 minutes. Phoenix residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Arizona. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Phoenix Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 15.3% of adults in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 16.5% statewide smoking rate. The Phoenix smoking rate is the fourth lowest in Arizona. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Phoenix No More Crowded Than the Average U.S. City

There are 4,395 people per square mile in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area, lower than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Phoenix also has the highest population density of any Arizona metro area. Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There […]

Phoenix Robbery Rate No Higher Than Other U.S. Cities

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

Why Phoenix is One of the More Expensive Housing Markets

A typical home in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona metro area costs $219,100, more than the national median home value of $194,500. The median home value in Phoenix is also higher than in Arizona as a whole, where the typical home is worth $194,300. Phoenix’s median home value is also the second highest of any metro area […]

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